Wisconsin Star Joe Schobert Thinks Iowa’s Offensive Line May Be Better Than Alabama’s

first_imgWisconsin's stadium from the back of one of the end zones.MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of Camp Randall Stadium as the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Oregon State Beavers at on September 10, 2011 in Madison Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Oregon State 35-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)In the season opener, Wisconsin went up against Alabama, and the Crimson Tide had little trouble opening up holes for star running back Derrick Henry. The junior back ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries against the Badgers. Wisconsin star linebacker Joe Schobert doesn’t think that ‘Bama necessarily has the best offensive line that he’s faced. That honor goes to the Iowa Hawkeyes. Schobert had a monster game in a losing effort against Iowa, with three sacks and two forced fumbles, but he had a ton of praise for the Hawkeyes, per The Gazette. “I put them on par with Alabama, maybe even a little more,” Schobert told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. “They want to hit you more than Alabama wants to hit you. Alabama is a good, physical offensive line, but I think Iowa kind of takes it to that next step and wants to run at you and wants to physically punch you. We knew that coming in and they lived up to it today. It was just great competition between us and them.”The advanced line stats tell a bit of a mixed story. According to Football Study Hall, Alabama ranks 23rd nationally in adjusted line rushing yards, and 40th in adjusted sack rate. Iowa is better in preventing sack (18th) but lags behind in the run blocking analytics (69th). Either way, Iowa should be proud of the huge Big Ten West win. Being mentioned in the same breath as Alabama is rarely a bad thing.[The Gazette]last_img read more

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New $30.3m Irrigation System Commissioned in New Forrest-duff House

first_img A total of 400 farmers who cultivate in the New Forest-Duff House Agro Park in Manchester now have improved irrigation access following the commissioning of a new $30.3 million industrial pump that will serve the area, on June 29.The facility was jointly funded by the World Bank, through its Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), and the National Irrigation Commission (NIC), which contributed $9 million of the cost.Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, thanked the stakeholder entities for assisting to facilitate improved irrigation for the farmers.In a message read by Permanent Secretary, Donovan Stanberry, Mr. Samuda emphasized the importance of ensuring that farmers have adequate supplies of water. This, he said, in order to ensure that the agricultural sector is in a position to contribute meaningfully to economic growth.“Without water we cannot hope to grow the agricultural sector in a meaningful and sustainable way. So, the commissioning of this pump and irrigation system will ensure that farmers in the area have greater access to a consistent supply of water,” Mr. Samuda added.Meanwhile, Minster without Portfolio, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, also welcomed the new facility’s commissioning, noting that South Manchester/South St Elizabeth region was a traditionally dry area.In this regard, he said the new facility would contribute to increasing the volume of production 10-fold by bringing irrigation to the beneficiaries.Noting that another facility serving the area supplies 50 percent of the water utilized, Mr. Hutchinson pointed out that “with this new pump, (this) will increase the volume to 75 percent. The 400 farmers will now be able to get water more regularly and we (will be) able to provide additional farmers, who need it, with water.”Mr. Hutchinson also restated the availability of approximately 5,000 acres of arable land in sections of South Manchester which he said the Government would be allocating to farmers who need it.He, however, noted the reluctance of farmers to cultivate on the land because of limited irrigation access and expressed the hope that this would be rectified soon.“We also have coming on stream the Essex Valley Agricultural Development Project which will cost roughly $5.7 billion, allowing farmers who are unable to get production going to generate the sort of profits that they want to make,” Mr. Hutchinson added.Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney, who also spoke at the commissioning, said through the partnership, the NIC was now in a position to properly plan and distribute water to meet the farmers’ needs.“The partnership between NIC and JSIF is really about the value that we can get out of the area in terms of production,” he emphasized. Story Highlights Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney, who also spoke at the commissioning, said through the partnership, the NIC was now in a position to properly plan and distribute water to meet the farmers’ needs. A total of 400 farmers who cultivate in the New Forest-Duff House Agro Park in Manchester now have improved irrigation access following the commissioning of a new $30.3 million industrial pump that will serve the area, on June 29. Noting that another facility serving the area supplies 50 percent of the water utilized, Mr. Hutchinson pointed out that “with this new pump, (this) will increase the volume to 75 percent. The 400 farmers will now be able to get water more regularly and we (will be) able to provide additional farmers, who need it, with water.”last_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (up 3.74 points to 16,029.33, a record high):Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up 31 cents, or 1.92 per cent, to $16.49 on 9.7 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 33 cents, or 1.27 per cent, to $26.27 on 6.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up five cents, or 1.83 per cent, to $2.78 on 6.5 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 16 cents, or 4.51 per cent, to $3.71 on 6.05 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Down nine cents, or 0.85 per cent, to $10.52 on 5.3 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Up 15 cents, or 3.09 per cent, to $5.00 on 5.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Horizons ETFs Management Inc. (TSX:MIND). Financial services. Down one cent, or 0.04 per cent, to $24.99 on 54,779 shares. The company says it has launched the first exchange-traded fund in Canada to use artificial intelligence for all security selection decisions. The Horizons Active A.I. Global Equity ETF began trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The ETF, sub-advised by Mirae Asset Global Investments, uses an investment strategy run by an AI system that analyzes data and extracts patterns.Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX:HBC). Retailer. Up $1.02, or 9.05 per cent, to $12.29 on 2.1 million shares. The national retailer says it has received an unsolicited offer from European retail competitor SIGNA Holding for its German department store chain Kaufhof and other real estate assets. HBC acquired Kaufhof in 2015 as part of a $3.2-billion deal that included Belgium retailer Galeria Inno and other real estate assets.Saputo Inc. (TSX:SAP). Consumer packaged goods. Down 14 cents, or 0.30 per cent, to $46.44 on 411,228 shares. The Canadian dairy giant signed a deal to buy Betin Inc., the company behind the Montchevre brand of goat cheese in the United States. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.last_img read more

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Wholesale prices up 03 pct in March a hint of inflation

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. wholesale prices increased 0.3 per cent in March, driven higher by the largest increase in food costs in nearly four years.The Labor Department said Tuesday that the March gain in the producer price index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach the consumer, followed a 0.2 per cent rise in February and a 0.4 per cent jump in January.Food prices at the wholesale level surged 2.2 per cent, the biggest increase since April 2014, with many categories showing gains. Energy costs, however, fell 2.1 per cent as gasoline prices dropped 3.7 per cent, the largest monthly decline since last May.Over the past 12 months, wholesale prices have risen 3 per cent, the fastest annual pace since last November and another sign that inflation pressures have started to increase after years of being dormant.Rising food prices are tied to weather that affected crops, but analysts still believe the report shows that inflation pressures are beginning to increase.“The numbers aren’t yet alarming, but neither can we say with any confidence that (wholesale) inflation has peaked,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, was up 0.3 per cent in March, and 2.7 per cent over the past 12 months.The Federal Reserve last month increased its benchmark interest rate by a quarter-point and signalled that it expected to raise rates a total of three times this year, the same number of rate hikes it delivered in 2017. However, many economists believe that stronger economic growth and a rise in inflation pressures will end up pushing the Fed to slightly accelerate its pace of rate hikes to four increases this year.The big increase in food costs reflected widespread gains across a number of categories with fish prices jumping 62.5 per cent, the biggest gain since 2014, while egg prices were up 41.6 per cent and vegetable costs rose 31.5 per cent.last_img read more

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Bleaching hits worlds southernmost coral reef

first_imgSydney: The world’s southernmost coral reef has been hit by bleaching this summer, Australian scientists said Wednesday, as they warned rising sea temperatures from climate change were affecting even the most isolated ecosystems. The corals off Lord Howe Island — some 600 kilometres (370 miles) offshore from Sydney — were affected by elevated temperatures this summer, despite escaping severe bleaching that damaged the Great Barrier Reef in 2016 and 2017. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”It’s a canary in the coal mine that we are seeing bleaching at this very isolated southernmost reef, which is worrying,” Associate Professor Bill Leggat of the University of Newcastle said. “It’s just another indicator that climate change is affecting everywhere around the world. Here is a reef that is 600 kilometres from the mainland and we are seeing bleaching there in a lovely, beautiful ecosystem.” Leggat and other scientists from several Australian universities and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found severe bleaching of up to 90 percent at Lord Howe’s inshore, shallow lagoon reefs. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsDeeper-water corals in the marine park, which contains species not found anywhere else and like the Barrier Reef is a World Heritage site, were still “looking quite healthy” having mostly escaped the bleaching, Leggat said. Leggat said increasing baseline temperatures caused by climate change, and local factors such as elevated temperatures in the area this summer, caused the bleaching to occur. The scientists are set to return to Lord Howe in the next few months to find out if some corals have been so severely bleached they can’t recover. Bleaching occurs when abnormal environmental conditions, such as warmer sea temperatures, cause corals to expel tiny photosynthetic algae, draining them of their colour. Corals can recover if the water temperature drops and the algae are able to recolonise them. However, swathes of coral at the Barrier Reef — the world’s largest living structure — died or were damaged in the unprecedented successive events in 2016 and 2017.last_img read more

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Delhi court issues notice to ED on Michels plea

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Saturday issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate on plea of Christian Michel, alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, alleging the agency of politicising the case by leaking the chargesheet copy to the media. The agency, on the other hand, sought an enquiry as to how the copy of the charge sheet was leaked to the media and asked for issuance of notice to a news organisation asking to explain how they accessed the document. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Special judge Arvind Kumar issued notice to the agency and directed it to file a reply on Michel’s plea, which had stated that he had not named anybody in connection with the deal during investigation by the ED and that even though the court has not taken cognisance over the documents filed before it, in order to make the entire case a sensation again in the media, the agency had leaked the charge sheet. The court will take up the matter of leaking of the charge sheet copy on April 11. The court also issued summons to Michel’s business partner and middleman David Nigel John Syms as accused in the case. Syms, named as accused in the charge sheet, will have to appear before court on May 9.last_img read more

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MeToo Akbar denies calling Priya Ramani in hotel room

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Union minister M J Akbar told a Delhi court on Monday that he did not ask scribe Priya Ramani, who has accused him of sexual misconduct in #MeToo campaign, to see him in his hotel room in 1994 in connection with her alleged interview to join a newspaper of which he was the editor.Akbar, who had resigned as minister on October 17 last year following the allegations levelled during the campaign, vehemently objected to the questions of Ramani’s counsel about other women scribes who had also accused him of sexual misconduct. The scribe-turned BJP politician was being cross-examined by senior advocate Rebecca John, counsel for Ramani, before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, in connection with his private criminal defamation complaint against Ramani. “It is incorrect to suggest that I called Priya Ramani to come to my room. It is wrong to suggest that she was hesitant or that I insisted… I do not know whether it was the first job interview by Priya Ramani after her graduation. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”I am not sure whether Priya Ramani was offered a job in the Asian Age newspaper in January 1994 in Delhi Office. As it is a 25 years old matter and to the best of my knowledge, she was working in Bombay office,” Akbar testified. Ramani had tweeted about Akbar’s alleged objectionable behaviour in the hotel room. Her counsel asked questions regarding other women scribes and their allegations against Akbar. The queries were strongly protested by senior advocate Geeta Luthra, representing the former minister and she said that the questions were “irrelevant” as they were not related to the case at hand. “These are all part of my (Ramani’s) defence as it shows his (Akbar’s) behaviour,” Ramani’s counsel replied leading to the heated exchange between the two women senior lawyers of the parties. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiThe magistrate allowed Ramani’s lawyer to keep asking questions to Akbar and also agreed to record the objections of Akbar with regard to such queries. During the cross-examination, questions were put to him regarding other women journalists, including Ghazala Wahab, Kadambari M Wade, Majlie de Puy Kamp, Sonali Khullar Shroff and Harinder Baweja, who had accused Akbar of sexual misconduct. Akbar said he had refuted the allegations levelled by Wahab in an article. In response to another query, Akbar said he could not recall whether Wade worked with him as the matter was 20-year old. Regarding allegations made by Kamp, he said “there was absolutely no question of harassment of the lady Kamp. I recall there might have been a mention of some misunderstanding which was accepted”.last_img read more

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The Offer That MLB Players Always Refuse Even When They Shouldnt

Jordan Zimmermann2.8 Howie Kendrick2.4 Dexter Fowler1.7 John Lackey2.6 Zack Greinke4.0 Hisashi Iwakuma3.3 Jeff Samardzija2.7 PLAYERS WHO RECEIVED QUALIFYING OFFERSPROJECTED WAR Ian Kennedy2.1 Brett Anderson2.0 Wei-Yin Chen2.6 Justin Upton3.0 Ian Desmond1.6 The offer also serves another purpose, which is to reward the offering team with a valuable draft pick if the player should sign with another club; conversely, the signing team loses a draft pick. In practical terms, this has the effect of reducing a player’s value to any other team and making it easier for the original team to re-sign its free agent. In most cases, the draft pick is a small consolation prize for losing a superstar. But when it comes to some marginal players, the possible reward of the pick (worth about 1 WAR) is just enough incentive for a team to extend an offer to a player who might not otherwise be projected to achieve 2 WAR.The choice of whether to accept a qualifying offer is harder from the player’s perspective. The qualifying offer is a low-risk, low-reward option compared with what could be a bigger payday on the free-agent market, although there’s greater uncertainty about how much the payout will be. So far, every single player who has received a qualifying offer has refused it (not counting this year’s crop). In the case of the few players who are not likely worth an offer but still receive one, the near-pathological confidence necessary to be a professional athlete may be the factor compelling them to refuse. In some instances, that’s led to decent players remaining unemployed until mid-year the following season. Just ask Stephen Drew about that.As a result of these incentives, qualifying offer season has become somewhat predictable. The math works out so that teams tender offers to almost every remotely deserving free agent. Without fail, those free agents refuse them, only to find their eventual contract value reduced by the draft pick that their new team had to give up. Chris Davis2.4 Yovani Gallardo1.7 It’s qualifying offer season in Major League Baseball, that most anticlimactic time of year when teams offer one-year deals to a handful of players on the brink of free agency. Those “qualifying offers” are artifacts of a system that was introduced in the last collective bargaining agreement to compensate teams that lose free agents. Every qualifying offer is the same: Teams can offer $15.8 million to impending free agents who weren’t traded in the past year for one more year of service. If a player accepts, he takes the money but sacrifices the chance to see what the market thinks he’s worth. How teams and players should go about offering, accepting and denying qualifying offers are interesting questions.From a team’s perspective, the decision to tender a qualifying offer is relatively straightforward. Each offer is essentially a bet that the player will be worth more than the $15.8 million salary. Since each win above replacement (WAR) costs about $7 million to $8 million on the free-agent market, that wager is equivalent to projecting that a player will be worth 2 or more WAR in the coming year.1The math is slightly more complicated than this when you consider that wins are worth different amounts to playoff contenders versus rebuilding teams and can be afforded more easily by big-market outfits than smaller franchises. In some cases (Jason Heyward, Zack Greinke), that’s an easy bet to take, while in others (Colby Rasmus, Ian Desmond), the projection is a little shakier. Alex Gordon3.5 Jason Heyward4.7 Daniel Murphy2.1 Colby Rasmus0.8 Marco Estrada0.8 Matt Wieters2.2 read more

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Tavernier admits that the expectations on Gerrard are high

first_imgSteven Gerrard has become the new Rangers coach and it is clear that many people will be watching and judging every one of this steps – and James Tavernier knows that the pressure is higher than ever before…The Rangers captain admitted that a lot of fans will be expecting their boys to win at least one trophy and the expectations will be high in every single competition that they will be in.Tavernier spoke about the upcoming season as he said, according to Sports Mole:“We’re playing for Rangers and the expectation is to bring trophies back to the club.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“The fans expect it, we expect it, we have winning mentalities. Our aim is to be in competition in all the trophies we are in.”“[Success] would be challenging for the title. We are Rangers, so we always have to be challenging for the title. You can’t expect anything less.”“We want to do well in the cup competitions and we really want to do well in the Europa League after what happened last season.”last_img read more

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